Network Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Network Technicians earn an average of $19.90 per hour. Total cash compensation to Network Technicians ranges from $30K on the lower end to $68K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Network Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,042 - $68,813
$31K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,419
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$13.61 - $29.81
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MEDIAN: $19.93
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$0$68K
Salary $31,042 - $68,813
Bonus $0.00 - $5,132
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,152
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,235 - $68,307
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 484
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.61 - $29.81
Overtime $20.89 - $45.50
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,132
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,152
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,235 - $68,307
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 556

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Job Description for Network Technician

Network technicians work with vendors, programmers, and customers to aid with installation and troubleshooting needs. Some other key tasks that network technicians perform include (but are not limited to): troubleshooting hardware, software and network problems; configuring and installing operating systems; training users; installing and troubleshooting network cable infrastructure; and writing scripts and creating files to enhance operating systems. Network technicians should possess the following abilities: being able to effectively troubleshoot a wide range of problems; multitask; communicate well in person and over the phone with vendors and customers (who will inevitably have varying degrees of knowledge in the network technician's field); the ability to stay organized and prioritize tasks; and the ability to work alone and to work well with others.

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Network Technician Tasks

  • Maintain the LAN which includes daily monitoring for system failures, performing daily data backups and network performance tracking.
  • Diagnose wiring problems and resolve them.
  • Prepare price quotes for customers for standard PC hardware, software and peripheral equipment.
  • Analyze problems and define solutions for existing network issues.
  • Respond to troubleshoot and repair failures preventing customer access to critical applications throughout the organization.

Common Career Paths for Network Technician


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Network Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Network Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $90K annually. A common career progression for a Network Technician is to become a Network Engineer or a Network Administrator. Compared to Network Technicians, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

Network Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Network Technicians flock to U.S. Air Force (USAF), Comcast Cable, Inc., Windstream Communications, Inc., Amazon.com Inc, and CenturyLink, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Verizon Wireless offers the most; Network Technicians earn $69K on average there. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Windstream Communications, Inc. ($62K), Level (3) Communications ($60K), and Amazon.com Inc ($56K).

U.S. Air Force (USAF) reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $42K) but some workers make up to $54K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Employees at Comcast Cable, Inc., CenturyLink, and Charter Communications, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $47K, $53K, and $53K.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Survey results imply that Network Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Wireless Data Communications, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Hardware Technician, Help Desk / Desktop Support, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Network Support are, more often than not, also skilled in Network Management / Administration and Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Technician

Pay by Experience for a Network Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Network Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 724 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Network Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 292 salaries. An experienced Network Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 240 salaries. A Network Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 62 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,280

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Network Technicians will find that Sacramento offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Madison (+17 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and New York (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 31 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (10 percent lower) and Orlando (7 percent lower).

Network Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Network Technician?

Network Technician in Marlborough:
"Get Job."
Pros: My Job.
Cons: Change me to salery.

Network Technician in nj:
"Love it."
Pros: Troubleshooting, Travel.
Cons: Company does not pay enough.

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Key Stats for Network Technician

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Network Technician Salaries

▲41%

▲23%

▲6%

National Average
$44,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Network Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 25%
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